In Honor of Memorial Day

22 May 2019 12:00 AM | Anonymous

SSG Kym Gooddell (previously an ODAA officer) with husband John.

Memorial Day, what does it mean to you?  For me, it meant carrying on the time honored tradition of my family.  My grandparents served, my great uncle served, and many of the men that meant something in my life served.  So why not a woman.  I was strong and proud and a great dental assistant.  I could do both!
But let me back up.
When I first went in, I was not a dental assistant, I was a patient administration specialist.  It was a good job, but it wasn't for me.  So, it really didn't bother me when, during the Clinton administration the downsizing came and I was discharged.  Yes, I am old.
So, I struggled for a few years to find myself and figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I went to college at Linn Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon under the best instructors in the world and became an E.F.D.A. certified dental assistant.  Then I re-enlisted in the Oregon National Guard. 
I am now a senior enlisted dental sergeant and looking for more dental technician to join my team.  The army needs dental technicians.
This is my way of thanking my grandparents, my uncle and my friends for their sacrifices.  I continue on with the mission.  Most made it back home, some did not.  But my job is to carry on and help do my part for my country.  I ask no questions, I go where I must for my other Soldiers.  I am here to help them.
So during this Memorial Day, think of all the Soldiers you could be taking care of right now.  Think about all the Soldiers you know and who is taking care of them. 
God bless and God speed.
SSG Kym Goodell
Oregon Medical Command
Oregon National Guard


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